CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Finance
December 08, 2019

Freight carried by for-hire transportation industry fell steeply in September, feds say

Index posts largest one-month plunge since January 2012, amid array of other sour economic indicators, Department of Transportation says.

Strong consumer spending staves off recession warnings, U.S. Bank says

Shippers produced "fairly flat" volume of freight shipments and spending in third quarter, report says.

A practical guide to managing unused assets

Unused-asset write-offs are an unintended consequence of improvements to the supply chain. By following a defined, rule-based process, it is possible to improve internal reuse of unused assets and thereby lower the costs associated with write-offs and the purchase of new equipment.

Survey: consumer products firms wasting 60 percent of their money in digital transformation push

Companies are making expensive mistakes in pursuit of exploding e-commerce market, AlixPartners survey shows.

June retail sales beat forecasts despite tariff stress, NRF finds

NRF also predicts families will spend more than ever on back-to-school purchases this fall.

Economy continues to cool, but danger of full freight recession dims, ACT says

Conditions warrant caution through 2020 for commercial vehicle dealers, analyst writes.

Retail sales drop slightly in February, but long-term outlook stays strong

Consumers endure effects of poor weather, rocky stock market, government shutdown, NRF says.

Can your supply chain relationships affect your company's credit rating?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.

Monthly shippers index shows relief from high freight rates

FTR's November market measure hits first positive mark in over two years.

Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November

Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.

Ceva Logistics acquires CMA CGM's freight management unit as partners deepen ties

Part-owner CMA CGM says deal will accelerate Ceva's debt reorganization and digital transformation.

Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.

But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.

Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020

Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.

Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group

Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Latest Video

ITA Presidents Forum offers global lift truck market insights
Every four years, the leaders of associated lift truck trade associations worldwide meet in the US to present and discuss trends in the global lift truck market, including representatives from Japan, China, the European Union and the United States.

More Videos »

Forward Thinking
Report: global "connectedness" index dipped in 2018 under pressures of trade turmoil
DHL and NYU researchers say the slump could have been worse, as most economies stayed resilient, and the world is less globalized than many people think.

Forward Thinking
Report: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023
Applications led by material handling, assembly, and pick & place, Interact Analysis says.

Forward Thinking
Logistics economy expands in November
Slow pace of growth continues; industry professionals report positive outlook for 2020.

Forward Thinking
FourKites launches supply chain visibility course for shippers
Software firm links credits to CSCMP certification, will add courses for carriers and 3PLs in 2020.

Forward Thinking
3 logistics trends to watch in 2020
The growth of networks, data-as-a-service, and heightend use of analytics/AI will shape the logistics landscape in the New Year, tech exec says.

Forward Thinking
Shoppers blend online and in-store spending due to short holiday season, NRF says
With consumers in rush to buy, Black Friday eclipses Cyber Monday by number of online shoppers for first time, survey shows.

Forward Thinking
CSCMP offers certifications in Saudi Arabia through new partnership
Deal with the University of Business and Technology to meet management demand in Jeddah logistics zone.

Forward Thinking
Cyber Monday continues to eclipse Black Friday, researchers say
A later holiday shopping season and growing interest in online deals have shippers and logistics firms preparing for a busier than ever Cyber Monday.

Forward Thinking
AGiLE announces leadership promotion
Master named to newly created position of chief operating officer, Mac Donald remains President and CEO.

Forward Thinking
U.S. shoppers will shrug off economic uncertainty, CBRE forecasts
"Lightning-round" peak season is shortest since 2013, with Thanksgiving falling six days later than it did in 2018.

CSCMP Notebook
Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

The artificial intelligence revolution
CSCMP Hot Topic discusses AI-enabled solutions to help your business prepare for the future.

2019 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
Here's our roundup of events at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual CSCMP EDGE 2019 conference held in September in Anaheim, California.

2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award winner selected
Snap-on Tools and vendor FastFetch were honored for their use of artificial intelligence to slash shipping costs.

CSCMP EDGE keynote speakers to focus on supply chain's role in creating a sustainable business
The annual conference's diverse range of keynote speakers will include the CEO of a direct-to-consumer company, a high-tech guru, millennial entrepreneurs, and an NFL official.

CSCMP